Ian Wright CBE, FDF Director General, said:
“FDF is heartened by Labour's focus this week in Brighton on the importance a new industrial strategy can play in boosting prosperity across the country. We look forward to continuing our constructive discussions with the shadow Defra and BEIS teams.
“As the UK's largest manufacturing sector, food and drink is ideally placed to spread growth and jobs in every constituency. A sector deal which enables us to build skills, boost exports and innovation will equip UK food and drink to compete on a global scale.
“As we discussed at our joint fringe with the NFU on Monday, it is welcome to hear the Opposition's support for those EU citizens already here in the UK to stay. They are a valued part of our workforce. Our businesses need time to prepare and plan for a new UK-EU relationship, and a proper transition phase is vital so we can continue to give consumers the quality, choice and value they rightly expect.”